Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Explores some principles of dramatic writing, particularly for the theatre. The course will further develop and explore principles of dramatic writing with an emphasis on learning and applying dramaturgical skills and workshopping student plays. As well as seminar style discussions, students are given practical writing exercises in class to help free the imagination and develop techniques.


Not currently offered.

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): DRAM3850. Students who have successfully completed DRAM3850 are not eligible to enrol in CAPA3860.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. To develop a practical understanding of the principles of dramatic writing and dramaturgy

2. To develop an understanding of the role of the playwright in contemporary Australian society

3. To give students opportunities to develop critical and creative practices in the field of dramatic writing


Students will develop a deeper understanding of dramatic writing by:

critical analysis of the contemporary dramatic repertoire and the practical exploration of original student generated scripts

Tutorial workshop will be concerned with: discussions on dramatic principles and dramaturgy; class based exercises intended to explore such principles; the development and workshopping of original student generated playscripts. It is intended that this process should culminate in a rehearsed reading of the work in progress.

Course taught at Callaghan Campus only.


This course replaces DRAM3850. If you have successfully completed DRAM3850 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

Dramatic Script 1 (DRAM3820)

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignment 1

Written Assignment: Reading assignment - contemporary Australian playwriting

Written Assignment: Assignment 2